Once again the lovely GOP is trying to repeal the ACA. Other than simply wanting to line their pockets some more, the only other reason I can see why they want to take away health insurance for millions is because they don’t like us. I’m almost certain that’s the sentiment of Alabama Asshole Republican Representative Mo Brooks.
Earlier this week this old crony tried to justify the idea of allowing insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions more money because allegedly people with pre-existing conditions “lead bad lives”.
Let me tell you why my blood boils just reading that statement: it affects my family. My husband, my daughter, my sister and I all have pre-existing conditions. And (shocker!)—we don’t lead “bad lives”! Shit, we don’t drink, smoke, do drugs, skydive, drive like maniacs, you name it. When it comes to lifestyle, we are very boring. So how did I get diabetes? To look at me I guess you could say “because you’re overweight” and you may have a case. But I could also successfully argue with you that my mother and grandmother also had diabetes, way worse than me. I have three sisters who are pre-diabetic. My blood sugar levels are in control. I eat right. I exercise. Even if I were rail thin—guess what?—I’d still have diabetes. Because it’s in my genes. I was destined to have diabetes when I was still in the womb.
My husband always lived an active lifestyle. He used to jog, bowl, loved playing basketball and was a very avid fisherman. Much of that changed when he was 25 and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Gone were the days of jogging. Bowling and basketball became a chore and fishing had gone from launching his little johnny boat and fishing all day to sitting on the lake shore in the early morning or early evening hours, when it wasn’t too hot. I’d love to ask Brooks what my husband had done so badly that caused his body to turn on him.
My thirty-three-year-old sister is autistic. She was born prematurely as a twin and by the time she was three days old she had a brain bleed and was declared dead at least twice. Because of her brain bleed she has lived all her life with a hydrocephalus shunt, which she has had numerous operations on over the years. I just can’t for the life of me figure out what she’s ever done to “lead a bad life”. Maybe it’s all the clocks she collects?
Then there’s my twelve-year-old daughter. Three years ago we received the official diagnosis of what we had thought for years: Asperger’s. For most of her school years my daughter has received some kind of therapy: physical, occupational, social. She was born with low muscle tone. She was a late walker. Like me she had cataracts at age three. I’m just not sure what she’s done so bad in her life which caused this to happen.
Regarding the new bill the GOP hopes to pass Asshole Brooks told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “My understanding is that it will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all of these costs thereby reducing the costs to those people who lead good lives. They’re healthy. They’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy, and right now, those are the people who have done things the right way, who are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”
What Asshole Brooks failed to remember, as he tried to backtalk his way out of this arrogant statement, is that just because someone has a healthy body now doesn’t mean they’re going to stay that way. Come to think of it, in looking at Asshole Brooks he doesn’t look very healthy himself. My wish for him is to contract a rare, untreatable disease and have a long, slow and painful demise. He deserves it.
If you think about it, every human being has some kind of “pre-existing” condition. Nobody is born perfect. If you don’t have a “condition” now, wait. There’s a 99% chance that you will. You’d better just hope you have insurance when you get it. Otherwise, if people like Asshole Brooks and his other asshole GOPers have their way, your pre-existing condition won’t be covered.